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Philip Pearlstein

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Philip Pearlstein (born May 24, 1924) is an American painter, one of the most important and innovative artists of the contemporary Realist school.

Pearlstein was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He studied at Carnegie Institute of Technology and received his Masters in art history at New York University. During the time that Pearlstein began to work realistically the Modernists were absolute in their rejection of the Realist option.

Although Pearlstein remained as much a Modernist as any of his contemporaries, he found himself obliged to reconsider the Realist option, and in so doing helped to reinvent the terms by which Realism could once again be made into a vital art. The Milwaukee Art Museum honored him with a retrospective exhibition in 1983 and accompanied the exhibition with a monograph on his complete paintings.

The use of the nude figure, male and female, in art has its precedent in prehistoric cave paintings and sculpture. Since then, the nude has been used in a variety of ways, both symbolic and erotic. All of the traditions of the past in painting and sculpture have presented us with the human body in every conceivable pose and situation sanctioned by history, religion, or mythology. In the twentieth century, however, we have acquired a new method of comprehending what we see. It is the act of seeing only what we see, without reference to symbology or association, to see form for its own sake, abstractly.

In Pearlstein's paintings, the human body, placed in a corner of a floodlighted studio, has assumed a whole new range of plastic realities; for instance, the relationship of limbs to torso; the continuity of skin and muscle. The mass and weight of the body are emphasized in the unstudied character of the pose: all are normal in our experience, but the point of view from which we see them is so detached that the facts they represent seem new.

It is interesting to note that at the beginning of his career Pearlstein painted many landscapes, usually rock-strewn hillsides in which every angle, shadow, and shape was seen with a clinical clarity. In a sense, his nudes are also landscapes. The human body, as a natural phenomenon devoid of any identity other than the attributes of sex and skin color, is, for Pearlstein, another world of forms. The painting "Models With Mirror" is an example of his concern for the body as form. The curves, shapes, volumes, and surfaces are all masterfully put together within the picture space. The recognition of the form is at the same time a recognition, probably subliminal, of ourselves. If it is not comfortable or flattering, it is, at least, tonic.

Pearlstein's work is in 63 museums collections in the United States, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cleveland Museum of Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art. He recently showed at the Century Association, New York; Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Galerie Haas, Zurich; and Galerie Haas & Fuchs]], Berlin, Germany.

Additionally, since the mid-1950's Pearlstein has received several awards, most recently, the National Council of Arts Administrators Visual Artist Award; The Benjamin West Clinedinst Memorial Medal, The Artists Fellowship, Inc., New York, NY; and honorary doctorate degrees from Brooklyn College, NY, Center for Creative Studies and the College of Art & Design, Detroit, MI, and New York Academy of Arts, New York, NY. Pearlstein is currently President of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 


Lying Female Nude on Purple Drape
1968
 


Nude and African drum
 


Two Models
1969
 


Two Models
1988
 


Two Nude Women
2003
 


Model in Kimono on Plastic Chair
 


Girl on a Stool
1971
 


Two Models with Four Geese Decoys
1993
 


Two Models with Examination Chair and Butterfly Kite
 


Nude with Red Model Airplane
1988
 


2 Minstrel Marionettes and Model
1987
 


Butterfly Kite

 


2 Nudes on Navajo Blanket
 


Alligator

 


Model With Whirly Gig Weather Vane

 


Nude On Bamboo Chaise With Swan Decoy
1997


Two Nudes With Lion, Ostrich And Minstrel
1994

 


Two Models And A Wood Beachchair
2002-2003
 


Model On Bamboo Lounge With Artist Mannequin
2005
 


Two Nude with Flying Goose Butterfly & Examination Chair
2007
 


Nude with Exercise Ball, Neaon Mickey Mouse and Diamond Patterned Cloth
2006
 


Two Models Neom Mickey Mouse, African Chair & Ladder
 


Two Models with Large Whirlygig
2006
 


Two Models with Air Mattress and Model Sailboats
2006
Betty Cuningham Gallery


Model with HMN Dog and Renaissance Bambino
2006
 


Model with Butterfly Kite
2006
 


Luna park lion with two models, one leaning on lion
2001
 


Model with wooden airplane
2005
 


Models with African drum
2004
 


Two Models, one standing one reclining
 


Model with Model Ship
1990
 


Nude on Couch, Arms Outstretched
1972
 

 


Nude on Hammock
1977
 


Figure on Folding Chair
1970
 


Figure on Couch
1970
 


Two Nudes on Blue Coverlet
1977
 


Figure Seated on Rug With Mirror
1970
 


Figure Lying on Rug
1970
 


Color etching
1998
 


Model with Old Iron Butcher Sign
2003
 


Two Models with Chinese Kite
2005
 


Model with Two Cement Flamingo’s
2005
 


Model with Duck Kiddy Car on Killim Rug
2005
 


Model on Cast Iron Bed with Airplane, #2
2005
 


Nude on Bamboo Sofa
1981
 


Two Nudes with Hammock
1974
 


Male and Female Figure
1970
 


Model with horse patterned rug and Burmese marionette
1997

 


Female Nude Standing By Easel

 

Two Female Models Reclining on a Cast-Iron Bed

1968

 


Two Models

 


Two  Models

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